Keith Chegwin hopes to impress with an ambitious solo performance

Daily Echo: Keith Chegwin at Basingstoke's Planet Ice with skating partner Olga Sharutenko Keith Chegwin at Basingstoke's Planet Ice with skating partner Olga Sharutenko

HE HAS skated through to the next stage of Dancing on Ice, and now Keith Chegwin hopes he will glide through his next challenge – to skate solo for 30 seconds.

The TV presenter found himself in the bottom two for the second time on the ITV show last Sunday night, despite coming fourth on the leader board out of the remaining nine celebrities, with a score of 21.5.

The judges were split as to whether to save Keith or Anthea Turner following their ‘save me’ skates, in which Keith and his skating partner Olga Sharutenko danced to Disturbia by Rihanna. The 56-year-old was saved by head judge Robin Cousins who had the casting vote.

Speaking to The Gazette on Tuesday, Keith, from Ashmansworth, said his challenge for this Sunday’s show is to skate on his own, unaided, for half a minute.

He said: “It’s quite a long time. This is where we will see whether people have improved or not. They can’t rely on their partners and they have to choreograph it themselves.”

Keith hopes to include a ‘toe loop’ move in his routine, taught to him by coaches at Planet Ice, in Basingstoke.

He said: “It involves skating backwards, turning and jumping up into the air and landing on your back foot. I’m hoping it will impress the judges.”

The panel have so far been pretty positive towards Keith’s performances, particularly on Sunday after he skated to Michael Jackson’s I’ll Be There.

Judge Jason Gardiner, who is usually known for his derogatory comments, said: “That was soft, it was lyrical, it was smooth.

“There was a lovely connection with your partner. You were fully committed to the performance.”

However, he did slip in an insult, adding that the Cheggers Plays Pop presenter looked like a “little dumpling”.

Keith told The Gazette he has worked twice as hard as the other celebrities on the show, because he has performed two routines in the weeks where he has been in the bottom two.

He added: “The others have done three routines but I’ve done six! I think they should rename it ‘The Keith and Olga Show’.”

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